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Economic News and Trends Report November, 2019 Edition

This edition reports on current national economic data, studies, and research.  The report includes recent retail trends and holiday forecasts.  We encourage you to share this non-confidential report with others in your agency.  Read the full report here.

CA – 2019 Legislative Recap of Recent Action by the Governor / Ready for Implementation

The October 13 deadline for Governor Newsom to sign bills has come and gone. Implementation begins. Avenu is positioned to assist local agencies in implementing the new laws, including business license measures, and SB 344 the one-year extension for AB 1717 (2014) that captures UUT revenues from prepaid. READ MORE HERE.

CA – Final Action by the Assembly and Senate Prior to Adjournment

This comprehensive guide covers selected measures – including many were considered the final weeks of session.  The report covers legislation impacting local revenue sources and issues surrounding local governance.   The Governor must act on measures by October 13, 2019. READ MORE HERE. 

Avenu Insights Joins Coalition Letter Requesting the Governor’s Signature on SB 5

Avenu joins its California client cities, transportation authorities, mayors, business leaders and other local government leaders requesting the Governor’s signature on SB 5.

CA – Preserving UUT Revenues / SB 344 (McGuire)

SB 344 provides a one-year sunset extension for the point-of-sale collection mechanism for Utility User Taxes imposed on prepaid wireless service.  Currently,  104 local agencies (101 cities and 3 counties) participate in the program set up under AB 1717 (2014).  SB 344 will preserve the revenues.   READ MORE HERE.

CA – Summer Recess Edition – Legislative Review and Recent Legal Decisions

This expanded edition covers viable revenue-related proposed measures that impact local governments.    Local agencies continue to seek bills allowing for the authorization for transaction and use taxes beyond the statutory cap level;  SB 344 would provide a one year sunset extension that will allow the continuation of utility user tax revenues from prepaid wireless,  several measures impact business license processes. READ MORE HERE.

CA Policy Update – Focus On Local Government

Included is an update to AB 523 (Irwin), a consumer privacy measure, that was recently amended to include Avenu | MuniServices suggestions to protect local UUT revenues. Our Government Relations team is advocating on measures impacting local revenues and several proposals impacting business licenses, as well as those that will result in local revenue losses from sales tax exemptions are included in this edition.  Read More Here

“2019 Spring Recess Edition” Legislative Proposals Impacting Local Agency Revenue

This comprehensive edition covers selected active proposals impacting local agency revenue. The report highlights those critical issues our internal experts continue to review, track and advocate on. Many of the measures will be considered in the coming weeks and must meet legislative deadlines in order to continue through the legislative process. Please contact your Client Services Executive for local impact or a member of the Government Relations Team. Read More Here

Support for SB 658 (Bradford) Retail Business Emblem – Cannabis Track and Trace

Summary: MuniServices / Avenu supports legislation that gives local jurisdictions access to the state’s track and trace system and better support compliant retail operators through the establishment of a statewide cannabis retail emblem program.  Please contact Brad Rowe,  Cannabis Compliance Practice Leader, at Brad.Rowe@avenuinsights.com for further detail. Read More Here

Avenu / MuniServices Requests Governor Newsom’s Signature on AB 147 to Implement Wayfair

As an early stakeholder, we are honored to request the Governor’s signature on landmark legislation implementing Wayfair in California. We join the State Treasurer, and the respective author’s and Chairs of the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee and Senate Governance and Finance Committee in supporting AB 147. Read More Here